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Twitter user escapes action for Copyright Infringement

Written by Sophie Amos on 07 August 2014

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Jess Hurd a photographer and National Union of Journalists member has threatened legal action against a twitter user who posted a fake picture of an anti-war message that was created by Jess Hurd, the original photographer. The twitter user later took the post down off the website.

Jess Hurd produced an image slogan of a Palestinian flag with ‘Free Palestine. Sanctions now! Stop the massacre’ across it, as a protest against the bombardment of Gaza, it was projected on 31 July on the side of the houses of Parliament in London. The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (a UK-based organization promoting peace for Palestinian people) commissioned Hurd to create an image for the campaign.

As the image went viral the picture was edited then put onto twitter where it was circulated to create a false message. The edited image had the words ‘From Hamas’ which replaced the words ‘Sanctions now’. With the NUJ’s backing, Hurd threatened to sue the false pictures owner for copyright infringement.

“It’s not every morning you wake up to accusations of manipulation and fakery across social media. After being up most of the night working, the last thing you want is someone manipulating your image to promote their warped politics.” Said Hurd in response to the copyright threat.

She continued... “So this is a good news story. I threatened legal action via the NUJ and the copyright infringer removed the post. I would encourage other colleagues to seek advice from the union and actively challenge those who misrepresent our work”

With more than 1,400 Palestinians and 60 Israelis reported to have been killed since July 8 the conflict has most definitely flared up again in the last month.

Written by Sophie Amos, a work experience law student.

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